The good news: the Phils got their closer back. The bad: another bat lands on the DL.
Placido Polanco, who had been sitting with a bulging disc since July 5, was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to that date. Taking his roster spot is closer Ryan Madson, which will instantly boost a bull pen that has only two reliable pitchers in it.
Polanco is hitting .274 with four home runs and 39 RBIs in 83 games this season. He was voted as a starter to the All-Star Game but did not participate due to his injury.
Madson’s right-hand contusion is feeling much better. In 31 appearances this season, Madson has a 2.03 ERA and 3-1 record. He’s also tallied 15 saves in 16 chances.
Getting Madson back will be huge for their bull pen. Michael Stutes was starting to show a little fatigue in his past few outings and Antonio Bastardo has remained filthier as ever. Adding Madson will allow the two young arms to share a set-up role as they have become Charlie Manuel’s two most trusted relievers not named Madson.
LIDGE’S ROUGH DAY — Phils reliever Brad Lidge had a huge set-back in his rehab yesterday. Lidge didn’t suffer an injury but he looked absolutely horrendous in AA Reading against the Trenton Thunder. Lidge hit two batters, threw two wild pitches and allowed two runs to score in 2/3 of an inning.
ROMERO GETS AROUND — J.C. Romero is not having the most ideal season, that is, unless you factor in his most recent relocation. After the Washington Nationals released the former Phils left-hander, the New York Yankees picked him up, putting him back on a contending team.
Romero was picked up by New York and placed on their AAA affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Romero had a 3.86 ERA in 24 games for the Phillies. He only pitched in five minor league games for the Nats.
Could the Phillies see him in the World Series potentially? That sure would make for an interesting story line.